Helio Castroneves Wins The Indianapolis 500
The splendor and tradition that is Indianapolis was present from the opening moments of the telecast. Jim Nabors singing "Back Home Again in Indiana" once more, after so many years of doing so. The introduction of the drivers, the grandstands on both sides of the start/finish line. It's all heart warming and perfectly wonderful.
Our resident expert, gearhead is there in person, and hopefully will give us a complete, "this is what it was like" article when he returns, but for now, here's a quick recap, in case you missed the race.
The race got underway on time, and immediately became a race that would be one for the record books. ESPN announced that THREE of the drivers' wives are expecting, one of them today. As a matter of fact, she was in labor, not that her husband knew it.
Marco Andretti and Mario Moraes were the first two to make contact, resulting in both being declared out of the race, for all intents and purposes. Other favorites followed, including Tony Kanaan, Graham Rahal and Vitor Meira. All were in spectacular fashion, with Tony suffering minor injuries.
By the last quarter of the race, there were only a few drivers in the running to win it., Dan Wheldon, Danica Patrick, Scott Dixon and the eventual winner, Helio, among others. The finish was a little anticlimactic though, with Helio winning by seconds, rather than 10ths of seconds.
It was one of THE most emotional wins I have ever seen. Helio and his sister both sobbing as he crossed the finish line and continuing up until the first sip of milk. He was barely able to gather himself to be interviewed. He did though, and thanked all the appropriate people. All in all, the Indy 500 was all we have come to expect, at least from my armchair, we'll have to see what it was like up close and personal when Eric returns.